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From the Publisher"[A] rich, complex book. . . . An important contribution to the history of religion and race in the South."
— Anglican and Episcopal History
"Harvey has done it again. . . . An outstanding contribution to studies in American cultural and religious history."
— Baptist History-Heritage
"Harvey has produced a beautifully written, detailed, and textured work that history readers will savor."
"[T]his book is a testimony to years of serious reflection on a mountain of material."
— The North Carolina Historical Review
"[W]ell written and accessible to anyone interested in the questions of race and religion in the South."
— The Alabama Review
"A wonderful book, useful for classes, well written and thoroughly researched."
— Church History
"[H]is interpretive theme of illusive freedom proves an effective way to make religion central to the overall southern story."
— Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi, general editor of The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture